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Newly discovered Polychaete worm

28 October 2014 - 04:59 PM

Proceraea janetae

A newly described species, originally discovered quite by accident. A dream come true for me, It was truly a global effort bringing this little marine polychaete worm to everyone's attention. Aided by good friends , Drs. Essi Evans and Everett Turner, of Toronto Canada, researchers Drs. J Gil and D.Martin in Spain, and A. Nygren of Sweden, and lastly Tim Austin of the Cayman Islands DOE, it has been a very long and educational, three year process.

The formal paper is available for purchase from the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom here

It as been listed in the World register of Marine Species here

And lastly, but by no means least , you can read a far less formal description of it's discovery, in a newly released book, authored by Everett, Essi and myself entitled, Cayman Has Worms, a photographic collection of marine worms found by the three of us diving Grand Cayman. Available from Amazon or https://www.createspace.com/4905627

As far as my choice of names, it was named in honor of my aunt, Janet Kaufman of Louisville, Kentucky, in the year of her 90th birthday, for helping to instill a sense of discovery, and exploration in me.

As a team we are all anxious to know where else this worm might be found, so please keep your eyes open, and feel free to contact us with your photos and findings.

Many thanks for indulging me in tooting my horn..